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Old 03-28-2013, 12:20 PM   #31
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I have owned both. Would not go back to a TT fifth wheel tows a lot better plus you have more storage.

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Old 03-28-2013, 12:26 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by bardeenm1 View Post
I have used the calculators and I am within the needed ratings.
The topic is purely to discuss what is more enjoyable towing experience.
I think the general consensus everywhere is that a 5th wheel is the more enjoyable towing experience. As to why - that is more debatable.

Generally, I don't think the weight penalty is going to be something you will notice. I know you said your truck is rated for both, so let's leave it at that. If true, then the difference in weight is probably not going to have much impact on MPG, or acceleration (neither trailer is light weight). You might loose 10% efficiency, but really, is that so significant?

I think the question is probably more along the lines of the inherent benefits of either design. With a 5th wheel, you can achieve a shorter-length overall package that might be easier to tow. With a TT you are shorter-height which may be of benefit in choosing storage options.


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Old 03-28-2013, 12:27 PM   #33
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in either case if they are set up properly and not over spec they will both tow great, with the 5th having an edge in ease of hookup, turning clearance, and stability....

now with that said, im towing a long as$$ bumper the end it came down to needing my truck bed. with me, my wife, my son and daughter, there is no where for the 2 large dogs to on extended trips, the leer top goes on and the dogs ride in the back along with the coolers. it was a compromise based on the needs of my camping scenarios.....

with that said, if i was given the opportunity to tow a 10k lb bumper pull or a 10k lb 5th with no other considerations, of course i would pick the 5th....but the real world is not that

good luck...hope you find some viable input in all this....
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:32 PM   #34
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Originally Posted by prairiecamper View Post
Sorry I didn't mean to change your post topic, it's just that your option included a fifth very close to a 10000 lbs and perhaps a limit, and some people aren't aware of DL requirements if in fact there are special requirements! Better to be pro active as opposed to being reactive I think . Bye the way have towed both TT and FW, would not go back to TT.
The mention of the weight in regards to the law was very helpful and has had many good posts in response.

My main goal was to not make a post that turns into a weight war of what a vehicle can do or brand of truck/trailer. We have far to many of those already!

Luckily I will be still a considerable distance away from the discussed 26K limits found in most areas within the states.
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:34 PM   #35
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Originally Posted by bardeenm1 View Post
Sounds to me that once you go 5th wheel you never go back!

This reinforces others opinions that I have had. The not ever having the 5th wheel and having numerous TT previous though had me wondering if the few people I had spoken to had just drank the 5th "Kool Aid" but it sounds as if the 5th wheel "Kool Aid" is in fact the good stuff!
I agree, It is good "Kool Aid"
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:46 PM   #36
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Originally Posted by f1100turbo View Post
5th wheel hands down imo.
Owned both.

me too only had a 5er 6 months , lots of room and pulls way nicer...
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Old 03-28-2013, 12:57 PM   #37
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Personally, I have towed both and have no plans to go back to a TT. But, having said that, at the moment both the DW and I are able bodied and can easily navigate the steps, both up into the camper and on upstairs to the bedroom. I am sure I would have to shove DW out the window if we ever had an emergency, as I cannot imagine her jumping of her own free will.

I have friends that moved back to a TT for the above mentioned reason, they both got to be less than able bodied, with the stairs becoming a problem and they did not know how they would escape in an emergency. A shove out the window would most likely be as fatal as the emergency. Both very valid reason for having a TT.

Since you mention your plans to tow to FL every year, I have to assume you are not 25. So the one level, bedroom door, fewer steps train of thought may be your best option.
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:03 PM   #38
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It's very state-dependent. In Maryland, if you go over a gross combined weight rating of 26,001 pounds, you're required to have a special class A non-commercial license. Which reminds me... I need to head into the MVA.

BUT- you don't have to be licensed for the state that you're driving into. Just where your license actually is issued from. If you're fine on a regular license in your home state, coming to MD doesn't mean you have to have the class A/non-commercial license.
What else would you expect from a state so close to Washington, DC?
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:07 PM   #39
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What else would you expect from a state so close to Washington, DC?
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